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Oak Creek baseball team rallies big

July 19, 2014 12:12 a.m. | It's like Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler has been saying for a long time:

The four-time state champion Knights do not play just to win a single WIAA playoff game. They play to go to state.

So the second-seeded Knights went with a trio of sophomore pitchers Friday night in a WIAA regional final against visiting Hale, and in one of the messiest, longest games anyone has ever seen, the Knights rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the second inning to beat the Huskies, 14-8, in an exhausting affair that lasted 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Umpires were uncertain if another inning could have been played, as the sun was already behind the horizon at Abendschein Park.

Holler is relieved that they didn't have to try.

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Steven Zelich pleads not guilty in suitcase bodies

July 17, 2014 10:33 p.m. | Elkhorn — Steven Zelich pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges of hiding a corpse during a brief hearing in Walworth County Circuit Court.

Zelich, who appeared from jail via video feed, will have a status hearing in the case Sept. 23.

District Attorney Daniel Necci said the not-guilty pleas were expected.

"From here we will go through the discovery process and see where that takes us," Necci said.

Zelich, 52, was bound over for trial earlier this month on charges in connection with the discovery of two women's bodies inside suitcases along a Town of Geneva road June 5. He remains in the Walworth County jail in lieu of $1 million bail.

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Gov. Scott Walker visits West Allis emphasizing job growth

July 17, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Gov. Scott Walker came to West Allis Thursday to visit the corporate offices of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. which will create more than 200 new jobs to support its senior living communities nationwide.

Walker was there to review progress on the company's $3.9 million expansion project. Brookdale, a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the country, is increasing the size of its corporate support center in West Allis by 33,000 square feet. It will soon occupy 155,000 square feet in the Summit Place office building. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

The company is currently accepting applications for positions in information technology, finance, asset management, and other areas. State officials are pleased with the job expansion because these kinds of jobs are examples of the positions that will likely be the jobs of the future.

Walker said Brookdale's expansion is due to the state's welcoming business climate and strong workforce.

The state Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation also authorized Brookdale to receive up to $1 million in jobs tax credits over the next two years to assist with the project. The tax credits are contingent upon Brookdale adding 202 jobs by mid-2016.

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Crews clear crash that closed 2 lanes of westbound I-894

July 15, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the two right lanes of westbound Interstate 894 at Greenfield Ave. for about 45 minutes Tuesday morning. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded.

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